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Half Day Archaeological Trail

Half Day Archaeological Trail

On this tour we visit a number of Archaeolical sites as well as some surprises along the way. 

The tour takes place in the surrounding areas of Louisburgh and Killeen. Listed are some of the highlights you can look forward to seeing along the way.

Altoir Megalithic Tomb 

This wedge tomb is one of the finest megalithic tombs in Ireland. Its is associated with the transition from the late Neolithic to the Bronze Age (2000BC - 1800BC). Tombs of this description typicially consist of one burial chamber, often with small porticos and an anti-chamber. The front faces Westwards and there is a decrease in width and height from back to front. The flat roof of this monument was used as an altar where mass was celebrated during the penal times, giving the tomb its local name.

Killeen Graveyard and Cross Slab 

The graveyard in Cloonlaur townland is better know as Killeen Graveyard. In the graveyard there is a large standing stone about 2.5m high. It bears a Maltese Cross carved with a four-petalled tulip design enclosed by a double circle. The stone was recorded to have ogham inscriptions which were common from about 300 A.D to 700 A.D.

Clapper Bridge

This is a unique and unusual feature with an interesting history. This bridge is formed of 38 boulders spanned by slabs of stone, it was designed to cross a wide and shallow ford. It was built in the 1840s or 1850s as part of work carried out by the Irish Church Mission called "Colony of Jumpers". The design of this bridge originates from Roman times where a row of two uprights are crossed by a topping slab. 

Tour Includes:

Tour Guide          Bike Hire          Hotel Collection & Transport          Safety Equipment        

 Free Westport Cycle Tours Bike Bottle                         Certificate of Completion

Price €35 per person

 

 

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Half Day Famine Walk Trail

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We follow the historic route of the Famine Walk from Louisburgh to Delphi Lodge, where the people of Louisburgh and surrounding areas made the journey 

in desperate hope for food in 1849.

On our travels we stop off at Glenkeen Farm for a FREE cup of tea or coffee and at certain times of year get treated to a free sheepdog trial.

From here we cycle onto the famine memorial erected to commemorate the people who died on this tradgic journey. The monument overlooks Doo Lough lake

named for its dark appearance in the shadow of the surrounding mountains.

We cycle along the road hugging the shore of Doo Lough onto Delphi Lodge where the people of 1849 made the journey in the hope for food.

In 1849 the people were turned away from Delphi Lodge but in recent years Delphi Lodge have opened their gates to peolpe commemorating the famine walk and have

even planted a memorial garden in respect to the people who have lost their lifes in this tradgic time. We will get exclusive access to the grounds of Delphi Lodge and visit the memorial garden as part of our tour.

On our cycle back to Louisburgh the formation of the landscape from a glacial movement to the coast will be identified and admired on our journey home   

 

 

  • Time allowed for food/toilet stops and photographs
  • Items included: bike rental, tour guide, safety equipment, secure free car parking, map, certificate of completion and FREE bike bottle FREE Tea/Coffee.
  • Items not included which may be required: back pack (bag), cycle shorts, rain gear, camera.
  • Cost: €35 per person

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